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Museum of Art and History (Musee d'Art et d'Histoire)

2 Rue Charles-Galland, Geneva 1206, Switzerland
41 0 22 418 26 00
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Ranked #20 of 66 attractions in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Art Museums, History Museums
Description: This museum of fine arts houses a diverse collection of artifacts, from ancient Egypt through contemporary times.
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We visited this museum today and were amazed by the extent of its very varied collection, ranging from Etruscan, Roman, and Savoyard acheology to the Impressionists and Post-Impressions in painting. Of course, Swiss painting of the 19th and 20th centuries is especially well represented, and worth discovering. There is currently (summer 2014) a temporary Rodin exhibit that is definitely worth... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

From Monet to Midiviel Armour, this place has it all....for Free!! No crowds, no line to get in. Beautiful, well maintained building! This is a great spot for kids and adults alike!

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Singapore, Singapore
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I see some reviewers that criticize the museum are comparing it to other museums in Europe. As I've either not been to other museums in Europe or can't remember what they were like anymore, I don't have anything to compare to, so that's something you have to consider before reading the rest of this review. I think the museum was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
95 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Geneva Museum of Art and History is housed in a fine neoclassical building about 1 km south west of the famous landmark Jet d"Eau. As many reviewers have already commented, the collection is not as rich as one would have hoped and the staff are somewhat aloof. However it is not completely unexpected if you think about how great... More

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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

As this was one of the few art galleries open on a Monday, we went!! Very glad we did as it contains paintings of our favourite Impressionist artists - Monet, Cezanne and others - and we were the only ones there!! Also local artists of course plus sculpture , industrial arts and the full gamit of a large gallery.

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42 reviews 42 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

A lovely museum so much to see and take in well worth a visit. Our guide said it opened at 10 am but seems now to open at 11 am may be just a weekends. A very difficult place to find my advice go through the Old Town and the you need to take the steps down to road level... More

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Carnaxide, Lisboa, Portugal
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5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Great museum to visit in Geneva, beautiful paintings including Picasso. Several pieces from archeological digs around lake Geneva. Ancient Egyptian small collection, some ceramics and other modern pieces. Th most famous piece is the statue of Rodin - le penseur. A great courtyard and restaurant with magnificent food à lá carte.

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North Yorkshire
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7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

There is not a lot of soul to Geneva, but it you want to understand it. go to this museum. 2 floors of very good art with a healthy offering of Swiss art which was very interesting. The museum is small but exceptionally well laid out with beautiful exhibits in each section,. But the highlights were the 4 rooms from... More

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11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The building itself is beautiful and some of the exhibits splendid but unfortunately most of the staff appeared to be more like exhibits! Lifeless and ancient! There was no effort made to help or explain. This suggests to me a lack of motivation or enthusiasm from management. All in all a disappointing experience.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Geneva. City of Peace. City of out-sized prosperity. City of the Jet d'eau. A city of 400'000 where one can fly non-stop to New York, Washington DC and Beijing. However, its main museum, the Musée d'Art et d'HIstoire, has probably the most underwhelming holdings of any such museum of any 'World City' globally and most certainly of any European city... More

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